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Bomb explosion kills two in eastern Afghanistan
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Afghanistan's security forces walk on the site of a bomb blast . (file photo)
Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:42PM
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Bomb explosion at a music market in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad has left at least two people dead and two others injured, Press TV reports.


The Saturday explosion in Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan's tribal areas, comes a day after 19 people were killed in a Taliban militants' attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Police sources said two of the six assailants detonated their explosive vests as other militants took most of the guests hostage.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed in a text message that the militants had stormed two hotels used by foreigners killing 25 of them as well as 14 "high-profile" Afghans.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that militant attacks on the security forces have been increased in the war-torn country in the recent months.

The US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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